RECRUITING: Things heating up for Haywood

WITH TWO DEPARTING senior starters in <b>Hamza Abdullah</b> and <b>Jeremy Bohannon</b>, Washington State is in the market for safeties the in 2005 recruiting class. Over the past few weeks one of the West Coast's top safety prospects, <b>Jason Haywood</b>, has moved closer to making a decision. The Woodland Hills, Calif., product gives an update on where things are headed.

Jason Haywood has just been waiting on one thing -- his SAT score. If it came back as expected, his plan was, even before he took an official visit to Washington State, to verbally commit to the Cougs.

Unfortunately, the results are now in and the score wasn't as high as he needed. Haywood has already scheduled a re-take for January.

In the meantime, he reiterated the Cougs are his top choice.

"Washington State has always been my first choice," Haywood told "They're No. 1 right now."

Other schools remain in play for the 6-4, 186-pound athlete.

"I'm kind of feeling Nevada. I like the coach up there that I've been talking to. I'm still liking Oregon State, I'm trying to set up something with them. And Fresno State is a good school.

"I'd have to say those are my top four right there. Washington State is definitely above everybody else."

No official visits are currently scheduled but Haywood is on the verge of setting up his trips over the next few weeks.

"(Tuesday), I'm planning on setting up a visit to Idaho State, I'm meeting with one of their coaches tomorrow. I've been talking to Washington State. And I talked to the Nevada coach and we're going to set up something.

"I'm about to have the trips lined up in the next two or three weeks, probably."

Haywood projects at safety at the next level, but it's also possible he could add some weight to his frame and move to outside linebacker. He's a huge hitter, one that belies his 186-pounds.

Haywood is the brother of Taco Wallace, two-year pro for the Seattle Seahawks.

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